Clearly some fighters aren’t exactly thrilled to see that the UFC’s signed pro-wrestling star, CM Punk to a deal, (Cody Gibson referred to it as a “f—ing joke” afterall), but apparently Urijah Faber is on board.
Unless you’ve been giving the internet the silent treatment, then chances are you know by now that the UFC has signed Phil “CM Punk” Brooks to a deal. Yes, despite the fact he’s never fought in a pro, MMA fight before.
Faber was asked for his thoughts on the Brook’s pending, UFC arrival, and the renowned bantamweight relayed (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“So if this guy believes that he can get in here and fight, and he’s willing to put in some work, who’s to tell him he’s not the baddest dude in the planet? We’ll see.
“I’ve had a lot of younger fighters who are on my team who have gone out and gotten losses and have felt embarrassed, and this is the most exposed you’ll ever be in any sport. You’re going to fight a one-on-one fight in front of millions of people, so props to the guy for wanting to put his best foot forward, and we’ll see. Maybe he’s going to be the champ.”
Sure, no one really expects a guy who is 36, and who has never fought, to go on and win a UFC championship, but a tee-un of people will tune in to see if he can.
Brooks also relayed in the post fight presser that he believes he’ll fight at middleweight, but that he will explore the possibility of cutting to welterweight.
The pro-wrestling star is expected to make his Octagon debut in mid 2015.
Faber, meanwhile, scored a somewhat controversial, submission win over Francisco Rivera at UFC 181. The fight ending choke came after Faber accidentally poked Rivera in the eye.